Whenever possible vehicles should be towed with the
drive wheels off of the ground. damage. This guideline assumes that the transmission is in good condition from the start. One of the problems with towing vehicles with the drive wheels on the ground is that you won’t know the current condition of the transmission. You may stay within the transmission guideline and still generate a complaint of transmission damage. It may be difficult to prove if the damage was from towing or from previous damage. Also, keep in mind that some distance restrictions are cumulative miles, in which case you need to trust the customer to know how many miles the vehicle has been previously towed with the drive wheels on the ground. Many all-wheel-drive (AWD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles are more susceptible to transmission damage. Transmission guidelines can sometimes be found in the vehicle manufacturers owner’s manual, or at towspec.com. This article is not intended to cover all potential damages that can be caused by wheel lift towing. In my experience, these are the most common damages and easiest to avoid. The best way to avoid wheel lift towing damages is for properly trained operators to operate the equipment in a way that follows industry standards and manufacturers recommendations.
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